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City to begin renovations on the Civic Center parking structure

Pillars in the Civic Center parking structure sinking into the foundation require rehabilitation. Photo Courtesy: City and County of Honolulu

HONOLULU – The City and County of Honolulu is announcing it is moving forward with necessary renovations and infrastructure work on the Civic Center municipal parking structure located on the Frank Fasi Municipal Center grounds to rehabilitate compromised concrete and the electrical system, as well as to address recurring leaks and flooding concerns.

“This project has been discussed for nearly nine years. Continual deterioration of the parking structure means the work simply cannot be delayed any further as the condition will only get worse and pose greater safety risks and potential property damage,” said Director Alex Kozlov, Department of Design and Construction. “While the structure waterproofing is beyond its usable lifespan and causing structural decay, once completed the facility will continue to be available to the public for decades to come.”

The Department of Design and Construction expects the project design to be completed this calendar year and the construction work is anticipated to begin in FY23 with an estimated cost of $40 million. The new structure will include EV charging stations for the public.

As a result of the substantial renovations, the City has notified Seagull Schools, which operates a childcare facility at the Early Education Center above the parking structure, that it will not be able to extend its current contract beyond the effective date of Aug. 31, 2022.

“While this is heartbreaking news, we are working with our families to help them find alternative placements including at our other Seagull campuses across O‘ahu,” said Dr. Megan McCorriston, executive director of Seagull Schools. “Seagull Schools has had the honor and privilege of providing a truly essential, affordable early education program to generations of keiki since the City and County opened the facility in 1986. We greatly appreciate the City, which has vowed to help explore alternative sites in town where childcare centers may operate. We thank Mayor Blangiardi and his staff for their understanding of the marked shortage of preschool spots in the urban core of Honolulu, where so many of our working families need childcare.” 

The project is anticipated to be completed 2-3 years after the start of construction. At that time, the City expects the Early Education Center to be available for use again through a public procurement process.

The facility has 72 metered public parking stalls and 797 employee stalls available. In the coming months, balancing convenience, schedule and cost with the structure’s condition, will determine how many or if any parking stalls will be available during construction.

To view photos of the damaged structure please
click here. Please courtesy “City and County of Honolulu” if the photos are published.

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